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Old 02-20-2013, 09:35 AM   #16
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I am getting $2,250 for a sunday-sat stay at all star music with 6 day hoppers and quick service dining.

And 1713 if you get rid of dining so that would leave 287 for food which is doable especially if you are driving...take out pizza a night or two...also check out for coupons and such and you still probably can do some quick service meals onsite...

Of course you would save another $182 if you got rid of the hopper...do you really hop alot of could you make due with base...it will be june and hot you will probably want some daily pool time would it be so bad to go back to park you started at in the morning?
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:10 AM   #17
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5-day MYW base tickets would probably be around $1000 from undercover tourist.

If you really want to choose a better hotel over food, you could rent DVC points. A week in an Old Key West studio would run you around $1000 for the first week of June if using a point rental site.

That is $2K, but only for tickets and hotel. Wanted to throw that out there because that is an option no TA will give you because they don't get commission off of that.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:09 AM   #18
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5-day MYW base tickets would probably be around $1000 from undercover tourist.

If you really want to choose a better hotel over food, you could rent DVC points. A week in an Old Key West studio would run you around $1000 for the first week of June if using a point rental site.

That is $2K, but only for tickets and hotel. Wanted to throw that out there because that is an option no TA will give you because they don't get commission off of that.
A TA would offer that as an option (at least this one would) if it were what the OP was looking for and saves money, but that takes her entire budget and doesn't leave anything for food. I also priced a 2 bed. condo in Windsor Hills and 7 day base tickets but that comes to $200 more than staying on property including the additional fee for parking. That leaves $300 for food and that is doable staying in a condo, but is still a very different vacation than on-site with the QS dining plan. I got the impression that the OP really wanted on-site and the dining plan so those are the numbers I provided and it also sounded like her budget was pretty much set. :-)

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #19
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Hello all!
I am trying to plan our 2nd family trip to Disney. This will be our last one for a while, so I don't want to give up on things I really want (i.e.: park hoppers), but need to find the most bang for our buck. We are a family of 4.. DS will be 2 at the time of the trip and DD 9. We are looking to go for 6 nights/7 days, preferably the first week in June. DH wants me to keep it close to $2,000 for hotel, park tickets, and dining plan. EEK?! Doable? Not? Need advice and guidance to make this trip happen!!!
I also wanted to add that if you do get the QSDP, do not use any of your credits on breakfast. You'll quickly lose any value or even being able to break even on the dining plan. Plan to eat breakfast in the room. Cereal, instant oatmeal (bring your own 4 cup coffee maker or get hot water at the food court), danishes and cinnamon rolls (Aldi's has really good individually wrapped danishes), etc. You can also use your snack credits to get danishes and muffins and juice for breakfast and pack snacks for the park.

For a little nicer breakfast and a break from cereal, make one or two ADRs at either Kona Cafe or The Wave for breakfast. You'll only spend a little more per person than paying OOP at the food court and you'll have a nice hot sit-down meal to start your day. Both are on the monorail and would be good choices for breakfast before either a MK or Epcot day.

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #20
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5-day MYW base tickets would probably be around $1000 from undercover tourist.

If you really want to choose a better hotel over food, you could rent DVC points. A week in an Old Key West studio would run you around $1000 for the first week of June if using a point rental site.

That is $2K, but only for tickets and hotel. Wanted to throw that out there because that is an option no TA will give you because they don't get commission off of that.
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A TA would offer that as an option (at least this one would) if it were what the OP was looking for and saves money, but that takes her entire budget and doesn't leave anything for food. I also priced a 2 bed. condo in Windsor Hills and 7 day base tickets but that comes to $200 more than staying on property including the additional fee for parking. That leaves $300 for food and that is doable staying in a condo, but is still a very different vacation than on-site with the QS dining plan. I got the impression that the OP really wanted on-site and the dining plan so those are the numbers I provided and it also sounded like her budget was pretty much set. :-)

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And where would your commission come from? Or would you do it for free? Disney pays the TA a commission on their bookings but where does it come from if the TA rents out DVC points and buys the tickets from UT?

And how does a TA handle renting DVC points? What kind of assurances can she offer her client that the reservation is good and that their money is safe? Does she go through a third party such as David's (which is something the OP could do on their own)? Or does she rent her own DVC points to the client...which would be against DVC rules (commercial renting of points).

I'm just really curious as to where the profit lies for a TA in a situation like this.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:24 PM   #21
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Do you need park hoppers? I have never used park hoppers in the four times I have gone. All my trips had school age children involved and I can't think of a time I really felt like leaving one park to go to another. We pick the park we are going for the day and we go, if we take a break in the afternoon at the hotel, we would just head to the same park after our break. Early closing times like 5p.m. at AK in February, we would just go to Downtown Disney at night or plan a nice dinner at one of the resorts.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:27 PM   #22
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Op with all the good advice you've gotten here.... I'd go with the value resort +QSDP...no hoppers. That would save quite a bit of money and be right around your price point- if you want to go lower then no dining plan, pack a cooler with snacks and breakfast food, buy counter service meals in the parks-
since you're not hopping pick your fave park each day,based on crowds, hours,etc. I think hopping is cool, but overrated if you're on a tight budget. Plus your kids are young, you should plan some downtime during the day to chill and enjoy your hotel pool.... so you could hit a park early...back to your hotel for a nice lunch from your mini fridge swim for a while, head back into that same park for night hours....eat cs dinner in the park....
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #23
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Look into some of the downtown disney area hotels. Some offer free shuttles and even breakfast. http://www.downtowndisneyhotels.com/
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:15 PM   #24
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And where would your commission come from? Or would you do it for free? Disney pays the TA a commission on their bookings but where does it come from if the TA rents out DVC points and buys the tickets from UT?

And how does a TA handle renting DVC points? What kind of assurances can she offer her client that the reservation is good and that their money is safe? Does she go through a third party such as David's (which is something the OP could do on their own)? Or does she rent her own DVC points to the client...which would be against DVC rules (commercial renting of points).

I'm just really curious as to where the profit lies for a TA in a situation like this.
There isn't any profit to a TA, but for some of us, that wouldn't matter. We're a military family and I do a lot of bookings for military families. Naturally, sometimes the least expensive option for military and the one that bests fits their plans doesn't involve me getting a commission at all, but steering clients in the right direction and saving them money means they come back to me when they do want to stay on property or by referring their friends and family to me. I take the bigger picture view.

With renting DVC points, I can't assure anyone that is a good option or that their money is safe, but if someone wants a savannah view 1 bedroom at Kidani Village and recoils at the price through Disney, I would (and have) tell them about the option to rent points, but I won't give them a specific company to work with. Since I don't have any personal experience renting with any of them, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing so. I would also give them other options in their price range on and off property so they have choices. If they book through me great, if not, that's okay too. :-)

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:10 PM   #25
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There isn't any profit to a TA, but for some of us, that wouldn't matter. We're a military family and I do a lot of bookings for military families. Naturally, sometimes the least expensive option for military and the one that bests fits their plans doesn't involve me getting a commission at all, but steering clients in the right direction and saving them money means they come back to me when they do want to stay on property or by referring their friends and family to me. I take the bigger picture view.

With renting DVC points, I can't assure anyone that is a good option or that their money is safe, but if someone wants a savannah view 1 bedroom at Kidani Village and recoils at the price through Disney, I would (and have) tell them about the option to rent points, but I won't give them a specific company to work with. Since I don't have any personal experience renting with any of them, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing so. I would also give them other options in their price range on and off property so they have choices. If they book through me great, if not, that's okay too. :-)

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Thank you for explaining your rationale. From a business standpoint, I can understand putting the goodwill ahead of profit in the short-term.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:37 AM   #26
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A TA would offer that as an option (at least this one would) if it were what the OP was looking for and saves money
That's a good TA then.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #27
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With the 30% special that is going through the 14th of June, I see Disney All-Star Sports for 7days/6 nights (June 2-8), 7 day park hopper, and Quick Service dining plan for $2278.14.

Like other posters have mentioned, with young kids I might skip the dining plan to save a bit of money. Without the dining plan you're looking at $1741.26.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #28
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Why not stay at a Downtown Disney Hotel or The Swan or The Dolphin? While they aren't considered a Disney hotel (no dining plan) those are still on property and provide free shuttles to the parks. I don't know about the Downtown Disney Hotels, but the Swan and the Dolphin provide transportation to and from the airport for a fee...it's cheaper than renting a car
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I haven't read the entire post, so I'm not sure if someone has mentioned this or not, but have you thought about renting points through DVC? You can do a studio at Old Key West, for 1 week, at 99 points the first week of June. At AKL, you can do a studio for 76 points that same week. It is easy to find points for rent around the $11 point on this thread: http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29. You can even find points for $9 when it is getting closer to them expiring but it is a gamble if they will become available. Even at $11/point, a value studio at AKL would run you around $836.

OKW Deluxe Studio: The Deluxe Studio offers 2 queen-sized beds, nightstand, armoire, TV, table with 2 chairs and a decent sized closet, in a 376 square foot room. Full bathrooms have ceramic tiled floors and storage area in the vanity under the sink. The kitchenette area includes an under the counter refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and small sink. A start-up supply of coffee is provided in addition to coffee mugs, glasses, paper bowls and plates, and plastic cutlery. The picturesque view can be enjoyed from the private balcony or patio.

AKL Studios Can accommodate a party of 4 (plus child under age 3 in crib), Queen size bed and full size sleep sofa, Small refrigerator, wet bar, microwave and coffeemaker, Private balcony, Flat panel TV and DVD player, 316 - 365 square feet in Jambo House, 366 square feet in Kidani Village

The studios would allow the flexibility to do more meals in the room, because you will have the microwave. If you have one at home, you can always bring an electric skillet, or griddle, since you are driving, and this will enable you to do more than just microwave meals and cereal in the room. This will also enable you to cook in a regular room, if disney would would allow this. I cook almost anything on my griddle, or in an electric skillet. For that matter, why not bring a crockpot. Put your food in in the morning, and then it is ready when you get back in the evenings. (I'm not sure if disney will allow this for sure in a hotel room, but we did it in a 2 bedroom at OKW last year, and never had any issues).

I'm not sure how you are looking at your budget either, but when we go on vacation, we don't factor groceries, because we would have to buy groceries at home anyways. Are you factoring meals eatting out, or meals and groceries?

If you have a AAA membership, you can get discount tickets. I think it is a 10% discount, but you get extra perks throughout the park, at least you used to. As several people have said, Orbitz is having a Buy 3 days get 2 free sale on tickets (This ticket include water parks, so it may be cheaper go a different route). Through disney's website, you are at 1008.09 for 2 adult, 1 child PH ticket. The PH is going to add an additional $171, so if it is an option, I would forgo that. That could be substansital for your grocery's or even for gas.

Now that I feel like I've written a novel, in summary I found the following:

AKL Value Studio 76 points at $11/point = $836
5 day+PH for 2 adults and 1 child= $1008.09
Grand Total of $1844.09
Budget Difference: $155.91

or

AKL Value Studio 76 points at $11/point = $836
5 day tickets w/o PH for 2 adults and 1 child= $837.09
Grand Total of $1673.09
Budget Difference: $326.91
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